Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, July 4th 2009 - 14:03 UTC

OAS mission finds “no conditions” for Zelaya’s return to Honduras

OAS chief Insulza frustrated with the development of events

The head of the Organisation of American States has said he found no willingness in Honduras' interim government to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Jose Miguel Insulza said that “unfortunately, in Honduras the conditions are not there for Zelaya's return”.

Friday, July 3rd 2009 - 13:43 UTC

World Bank praises Latinamerican fiscal and social policies

In the 2009 fiscal year the World Bank loaned 58.8 billion US dollars of which 17 billion to Latinamerica.

World Bank group president Robert B. Zoellick underlined that Latinamerican largest countries are better prepared to face the world crisis, based on strong budgets and primary surpluses and the development of effective social policies.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009 - 12:39 UTC

Uruguay’s primary election results stun the ruling coalition

Lacalle and the National Party were the most voted candidate and party

Uruguay’s main opposition party performed much better than anticipated according to official results of last Sunday’s primary elections for the nomination of presidential candidates for October’s elections.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009 - 12:31 UTC

Honduran interim president rejects OAS ultimatum

Micheletti said Zelaya is accused of 18 offences including treason and abuse of power.

Honduran interim president Roberto Micheletti rejected Wednesday an ultimatum from American governments to reinstate ousted leader Manuel Zelaya to the presidency. The ongoing political crisis has sparked new protests in the capital Tegucigalpa which is under military curfew.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009 - 12:27 UTC

Conservative, pro business president takes office in Panama

Martinelli is a self made millionaire, son of Italian immigrants

Ricardo Martinelli, the multimillionaire owner of a supermarket chain, was inaugurated as president of Panama on Wednesday. National Assembly President Jose Luis Varela performed the swearing-in and placed the presidential sash on Martinelli, a pro-business conservative who in May defeated a candidate from the ruling center-left party.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009 - 08:11 UTC

Unemployment in Magallanes Region soars to over double a year ago

Contraction in seasonal activities is hitting hard a Chilean region quite stable in employment terms

Unemployment in Magallanes Region, extreme south of Chile surged to 6.3% in the March-May quarter which is more than double the same period a year ago, 2.6%, and higher than the previous immediate quarter, 5.8%, according to the latest release from the regional Statistics Office.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009 - 04:17 UTC

Chile looks to desalinization plants to supply water-short north

Although still costly desalinated water is an extended technology in the Middle East.

Chile’s Inter-ministry Committee of Hydro Resources thinks it has the solution for the water shortage problems facing the northern city of Copiapo (Region III).

Wednesday, July 1st 2009 - 12:33 UTC

Peruvian government saved from Congressional censure motion

Prime Minister Simon announced he would be “resigning” in the coming weeks.

The Peruvian Congress was unable to muster the necessary votes to censure Prime Minister Yehude Simon and Minister of Interior Mercedes Cabanillas over the recent violent clashes in the Amazonia region which left scores of dead both among policemen and the protesting indigenous communities.

Wednesday, July 1st 2009 - 12:24 UTC

Honduras president offers deal to end constitutional crisis

The  OAS has given the interim Honduran government three days to restore ousted President  Zelaya to power

Honduras president Manuel Zelaya offered a deal Tuesday to the military leaders who ousted him - he'll quit in January if allowed to return and serve out his term in office.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:22 UTC

Honduran’s Zelaya president vows to return

Zelaya says he will be back

The Honduran president ousted by a military coup and forced into exile has said he will return home on Thursday. Speaking in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, late on Monday, Manuel Zelaya said: “I go to Tegucigalpa on Thursday. I'm the elected president, I will fulfil my four-year term.”

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